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“Magic” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Foce

La Foce
61, Strada della Vittoria, 53042 Chianciano Terme, Italy
39 0578 69101
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Owner description: From 1925 to 1939, an Englishman, Cecil Pinsent, restructured buildings and created harmonious gardens on this estate. The gardens are open to the public and are also the setting for numerous cultural events throughout the year.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

If you have read Iris Origo's books, you must come here to appreciate Tuscany and Val D'Orcia. It is so out of the way that you don't find many tourists. The countryside is just magical. Slow down and inhale it in.

Visited October 2012
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Garden History Delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

After a few false starts, and wrong turns we managed to get to La Foce at about 2 minutes to three......three was the
starting time for our tour! There turned out to be about
30 of us on the tour, it was very hot and the guide was as careful as possible to keep us in the shady areas. This garden is amazing!
Originally designed by Cecil Pinsent who was engaged to enlarge the house and farm and surround them with a vast garden, designed and created gradually in four phases, between 1924 and 1939. The harmony between buildings, garden and surrounding nature makes La Foce an ideal example of Tuscany's architectural and cultural evolution in the twentieth century. In other words, it is I possible to think of the garden at La Foce without the larger landscape, or conversely, to know this sector of the Tuscan landscape in the Val d'Orcia without seeing the garden as its I spired and logical epitome! We got our own picture of the winding road lined with cypresses zigzagging up the hill to some farmhouses. This road, which has since become one of the best-known symbols of Tuscany was amazing to see in real life. This was one of the most and best garden tours that we have been on and well worth the effort of getting there.

Visited July 2012
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Overland Park, Kansas
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“Incredible Views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

My daughter and I stayed at the castle and it was magnificent. A perfect place to be to tour nearby towns and villages. The staff is incredible and the food is wonderful. Don't leave without bringing home their extra virgin olive oil. A must see in Tuscany...and a definite must stay.

Visited May 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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“My favorite place in Italy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

La Foce is a large estate located on the east flank of the Val d'Orcia, on land that is alternately field and forest. It was originally an agricultural estate consisting of 57 smaller farms under the mezzadria (share-cropping) system which prevailed for centuries until after World War II when it all fell apart due to post-war industrialization and other factors. The current owners, Benedetta and Donata Origo, are the daughters of the couple who developed the estate in the early 1920s. Some years fter the peasant farmers had abandoned the farm houses, the Origo sisters began to renovate some of them as rentals. They have also developed several apartments in historic buildings, including a medieval castle on the property. All the accommodations are tastefully decorated and comfortably furnished, and almost all of them have private swimming pools. Most of them are quite secluded. The estate is very large, a couple of thousand acres, so there is abundant space for walking and exploring. The main villa, where Benedetta Origo lives, has elegant formal gardens which can be toured on Wednesday afternoons. This is one of the most beautiful areas in all of Italy, and La Foce is by far our favorite place to stay for a few weeks at a time.

Visited September 2011
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Piegaro, Italy
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“Exquisite Gardens of La Foce Estate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

Visit the gardens of La Foce where the family will welcome you. This historic property is the estate of the family of Iris Origo who with her husband, renovated a derilict ancient property with villa and many farm houses where workers lived in abject poverty. She not only saved the estate, but established a cooperative farme and a school for the workers children. Sheltering orphans from the bombed out city of Genoa during World War II, and later POWs, she had to flee with her family and the children when it was occupied by Nazis. Returning after the war, she worked to reinstate the beauty and replanted the magnificent gardens of the villa, now open to the public. If you love gardens, this is an outstanding example of Italian and Tuscan design. Just south of Montepuliano, the drive to La Foce takes a visitor through the iconic countryside of the Val d'Orcia in Southern Tuscany! Highly recommended.

Visited May 2011
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